Academics

Pre-Veterinary

Nazareth's pre-veterinary program prepares students interested in applying to veterinary schools to earn a degree (DVM). Most veterinary schools require a strong undergraduate background in the sciences as well as extensive and diverse clinical experience. Pre-veterinary students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.4 and perform at least 400 hours of community/pre-veterinary clinical service.

Competitive applicants typically have engaged in two or more areas of “Veterinary Experience” (small animal, large animal, research, food animal, production, exotic, aquatic, wildlife, zoological medicine, etc.) with substantial depth documented in at least one of these areas.

Related animal experiences are also viewed positively, such as working with livestock, breeding or showing various species, working at a zoo/aquarium/pet shop, or volunteering at an animal shelter. All animal experiences must be supported by a letter of evaluation, at least one of which should be from a veterinarian who can assess the student’s understanding of the profession.

Additional Information

Students wishing to apply to any of the 28 U.S. veterinary medical colleges (and/or the 4 Canadian veterinary medical colleges) must do so through the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ Veterinary Medical College Application Service. The specific requirements for each college can be found on the AAVMC website.

Students applying to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine must take either the GRE General Test (preferred) or the MCAT examination. The typical average GPA is 3.7 or above. Please visit the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine website for more detailed information.

Program Options, Requirements, and Course Descriptions

Pre-Veterinary (minor)

Contact Information

Stephen G. Tajc

Stephen G. Tajc

Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry in Chemistry and Biochemistry
585-389-5077
stajc3@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 235
Bio

Education: B.S., Gannon University (Chemistry); M.S., University of Rochester (Biochemistry); Ph.D., University of Rochester (Biophysics); Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University (Biophysics)

Teaching and Research Interests: Organic chemistry, undergraduate research, and chemistry of drug design. My teaching philosophy for organic chemistry is to emphasize the importance of understanding chemical reactions, rather than memorization. If a student can comprehend how the chemistry works, they will hold a greater appreciation for the overall science. In addition, they will apply their knowledge base to more complex reactions as the course progresses. Current research projects include the understanding of the fundamental binding mechanism of HIV-1 viral entry inhibitor drugs and the synthesis of small molecules that target cations in water.

Tajc research seeks a solution to hydrofracking's ecological problems.

Pre-veterinary program at Nazareth College

Example Careers/Outcomes

  • Veterinarian

Undergraduate Research Topics

  • Biochemical analysis of animal skin secretions

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine